Monday, December 13, 2010
Aftershock by Kelly Easton
This novel tells the story of Adam, a 17-year-old who survived a car crash in which his parents were killed. Shocked and traumatized from the crash, Adam begins walking, with no destination in mind. He finds people to live with, but never speaks. Adam can't get a handle on things and decides to walk home to Rhode Island...
Okay...I have to be honest here....I didn't really love this book. It was kind of anti-climactic. There was some build up, but nothing to get very excited about. I kept wondering why, after realizing his parents died, nobody looked for him. Odd...but that is just my opinion.
Recommended for: Low-level readers (this is a pretty easy read), kids looking for something short with an interesting premise
Rated: 2.5 Stars
Genghis Khan: 13th Century Mongolian Tyrant (Wicked History Series)
I've had several of these books for awhile and had a little office time this afternoon, so I chose to spend it with a cruel, yet oddly lawful, ancient leader. This short book was actually really interesting. I like history, but am no scholar in the area. Therefore, I felt like I learned some cool stuff from this book. Did you know that Genghis (not his real name!) lost his father at the young age of nine and was raised by a single mother? Pretty shocking for someone who built such a HUGE empire.
Anyway, I think I'll read a few more of these.....
Recommended for : history buffs, those that like short doses of neat facts, students who like biographies, but are fearful of large books
Posted by Mrs. M at 1:17 PM
Friday, December 3, 2010
Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
Both a mother and her teenage daughter, Claire, who lead hectic lives, hardly have time to communicate face-to-face, so they mostly "talk" through notes posted on the refrigerator. Through these notes, the pair bond, fight, and share information about their daily activities, but most importantly they discuss the disease tormenting Claire's mother. Her diagnosis of breast cancer is a shock to them both, as well as the toll it takes on their relationship. This book is heartwarming at times, but mostly sad. It has the possibility of being very helpful to those who have suffered in this manner.
Recommended for: Readers who love Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult, students looking for a short, dramatic read
Rated: 3.5 Stars
Posted by Mrs. M at 1:10 PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Okay...I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, but I read so many fantastic reviews of this book that I thought I'd give it a try. Surprise, surprise--it was thoroughly enjoyable. I might be a graphic fan after all...
Rating: 4.5 stars
Now...to finish packing, moving, taking care of children, working, etc....:)
Posted by Mrs. M at 1:05 PM